“Forest Hill” One of Kentucky’s Most Historically Significant Homes Is Now For Sale

by Sasha CarterFebruary 27, 2018

Now’s Your Chance to Purchase a Rare Piece of Kentucky Real Estate History

Everyone knows that the American South is peppered with history. The homes of valiant leaders in our country’s history stand tall next to modern schools and communities; each state contains hidden gems of history and fame that are resting right in plain sight.

One of these iconic gems rests in Pleasureville, Kentucky. Prominent United States Marine Corps leader, Presley Neville O’Bannon, once lived on a piece of humble Kentucky farmland. O’Bannon, who rose to fame during the 1805 Barbary Wars, garnered national attention as the Hero of Derne for his victorious leadership.

Celebrated during his time, the United States Marine Corps developed the national song “By the Shores of Tripoli” to pay tribute to Presley Neville O’Bannon’s role in protecting Kentucky’s soil. Today, Presley Neville O’Bannon’s historically rich “Forest Hill” home is on the market, offering one lucky buyer the chance to roam the same farmland and walk the same halls as one of our nation’s leaders.
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Discover Historic Kentucky at Presley Neville O’Bannon’s Forest Hill Home

Located at 4469 Castle Highway, Presley Neville O’Bannon’s Pleasureville estate is one of the most historically renowned properties in all of Kentucky. Revered as “Forest Hill,” the home lies atop gently rolling hills that once spanned 2,000 acres during Presley Neville O’Bannon’s residency.

Today, the whimsical farmhouse occupies fewer private acres, but no less history. Inherited by Presley Neville O’Bannon’s niece upon his death, the home is brimming with history, quirks, and charm. Read on to take a peek!
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Kentucky’s Famous Gothic Steamboat Home Is For Sale

Whether you’re a history buff or not, this unique Kentucky farmhouse is indescribably captivating. Originally meant to be brick construction, but then altered to suit the taste of one of O’Bannon’s relatives, the white wood home has taken design inspiration from an old-fashioned steamboat.

When O’Bannon’s niece and her husband acquired the Kentucky farm after his death in 1845, the couple set about constructing a “Steamboat Gothic” style home on the property. Fashioned in a “why-don’t-they-still-build-’em-like-this” style by O’Bannon’s niece, the home gave its owners a semblance of life as steamboat operators, floating along an idyllic riverfront scene, down along the Mississippi.
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Inside, the home is equally delightful and entertaining to behold. Owned by O’Bannon’s relatives for over 200 years, stepping inside this home is like hopping back in time. In the central living area, you’ll enjoy age-old quirks like elegant windows that span floor-to-ceiling juxtaposed with short, pocket doors.

The century-old details, like antiquated wallpaper and wrought-iron fireplaces, are rarities. Likewise, the new resident and their guests will delight in the home’s stately halls, where you can easily envision the cast of historically rich characters who once walked the halls of this estate.
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Ready to Get Away From It All? Step Back in Time on the “Forest Hill” Estate

If you’re ready for easy living, rocking gently in a chair on a wrap-around porch in Kentucky’s countryside, your ideal home doesn’t get much better than this. Listed at $1,631,990, this two-bedroom home has a steep price tag. But considering the property’s included acreage (274 acres), and its historically rich cast of characters who have filled the home with stories, this property is an investment you won’t regret.

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About The Author
Sasha Carter
Sasha is a writer and interior designer who lives in Virginia with her husband and three kids. She developed an interest in high profile homes through her work writing feature stories on them in a local magazine. She knows who is selling and who is buying, and is our go-to gal for any celebrity-owned or million-dollar real estate listings.